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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know that Hispanic girls are doubly hit by both gender and race disparities in sports? Or, that girls in these demographics are likely to enter sports at a later age and drop out earlier? WSF is committed to increasing the participation and retention of the girls in these communities and ensuring that all girls reap the tremendous benefits sports have to offer.

Every year from September 15 – October 15, WSF joins in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. This month we want to bring awareness to the difficulties many Hispanic families and girls are facing in regards to sports. We would also like to highlight our program Sports 4 Life, in partnership with espnW, which works directly to increase the participation and retention of African-American and Hispanic girls, ages 11-18, in developmental youth sports programs.

A few facts from our research report ‘Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America’:

  • More Hispanic parents feel schools and communities are failing their daughters in regards to providing equal athletic opportunities
  • More than 1/3 of African-American and Hispanic girls were non-athletes compared to 1/4 white girls
  • Nearly one in four Hispanic girls and boys did not start playing organized sports until age 11 or later
  • Hispanic children dropout of sport earlier than their white counterparts.
  • Hispanic parents were more likely to feel that their sons were highly interested in sports as compared to their daughters
  • Children’s athletic participation was associated with higher levels of family satisfaction.
  • Sports and physical activity were linked with improved physical and emotional health, academic achievement and quality of life for children.

The benefits of sport are endless, which is why the Women’s Sports Foundation is determined to provide access to sport to all girls, especially those in the Hispanic community.

Join us in increasing the participation and retention of these girls by making a donation to Sports 4 Life, here.


Sabo, D. and Veliz, P. (2008). Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America. East Meadow, NY: Women’s Sports Foundation.